By Sahil Patel
The two companies have formed a partnership that will give Hulu subscribers the opportunity to access Showtime’s service through their Hulu (formerly “Plus”) subscription account. Those who sign up will get a 30-day free access pass to Showtime, after which Showtime will cost $8.99 per month for Hulu subscribers. (If this sounds like a new type of pay-TV bundle for internet-TV customers, you’re not far off.)
Set to launch in July in advance of the season premieres of “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex,” a regular subscription to Showtime’s video service is priced at $10.99 per month. In addition to Hulu, the service will be available across a number of platforms, including online, mobile devices powered by iOS and Android, Apple TV, and Roku.
Subscribers (including those coming from Hulu) will receive unlimited, on-demand access to every Showtime original series. They’ll also be able to watch new episodes as they premiere, as well as access the network’s library of movies and documentary and sports programming. The service will also offer live feeds of Showtime’s East Coast and West Coast channels — something which HBO isn’t doing with its HBO Now product.